Riverfest kicks off Saturday

NEW CUMBERLAND – Soon New Cumberland’s riverfront will be filled with the sounds of music, the smells of festival food and sights from local artists and craftsmen.

The fifth-annual Fall Riverfest opens at 9 a.m. Saturday with a 5K walk/run from the George Hines Park gazebo and an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. at the new River Avenue overlook pavilion. The festivities continue through late Sunday afternoon.

Festival committee member Maureen Vulgamore said this year’s Fall Riverfest will have several firsts, including a community church service at 11 a.m. Sunday and a “Little Miss New Cumberland” pageant at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ground zero for the festival is the new overlook pavilion at the intersection of River Avenue and Jefferson Street.

“We almost completed the pavilion in time for last year’s festival. This year we got the wall built in front of it,” Vulgamore said. “It’s quite an accomplishment. We’re very proud of it.”

The festival committee sold decorative, personalized bricks to raise money for the pavilion’s completion, including the installation of electricity and lighting, she said.

Concurrent with the festival is the annual Hancock County Arts Council Art Show, which takes place in the old city building at River Avenue and Jefferson Street.

“It gives local artists a chance to strut their stuff,” Vulgamore said. “It’s always amazing to find out that your neighbors are also artists.”

A children’s show will have judging and the awarding of ribbons and prizes for the best in each class, she said.

Festival-goes will be able to enjoy a full schedule of musical entertainment, including a performance at 1 p.m. Saturday by Kylar Kuzio, 14, granddaughter of local crafter John Kuzio. Kylar, who lives in Wisconsin and has performed in Nashville, sings and plays the guitar and the fiddle, Vulgamore said.

Other performers include:

Saturday – John Edwards, noon; Michelle’s Dance Studio, 2 p.m.; Kent Cox, 3 p.m.; Lazy River Band, 4 p.m.; and the Silver Eagle Band, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday – Brad Peck, 12:30 p.m.; and the Buffington Brothers, 3 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church will lead the community service at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The “Little Miss New Cumberland” pageant will feature seven contestants, and each has been collecting donations in cans placed around town. The winner will ride in the Christmas parade.

Art show entries may be brought to the old city building between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday.

A fireworks show is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday.